FlexHubDock: The Prototype
Authors: Carolina Aguirre + Xiomara Armijo + Carlo Caltabiano
Professor: Willy Müller (IAAC)
Assistant: Maite Bravo
The FHD mesh was developed first to test the hexagonal system’s potential and limitations regarding flexibility, scale, deformation and performance. The first FHD mesh module model was fabricated in lasercutted wood with system pattern, resulting in individual hexagons later united with elastic joints; allowing it to be stretchable and follow the desired physical transformations to test its further application.
The FHD modular cell system allowed the test in a practical way of the cell and system concept in terms of structure and behavior, through a Raw Prototype that was successfully developed in scale 1:10 with excellent results and feedback.
The main guideline has been to achieve the required performance of the component with a system that uses the properties of the water and the air; experimenting the basic principle of the project in a controlled way. After testing the FHD cell, the system module prototype was fabricated and assembled to test the performance as a whole modular structure, using the same scale 1:10 now with four cells together as a system.
As with the cell, the main guideline has been to achieve the required performance of the structure as a system that uses the properties of the water and the air; in that way avoiding other options such as purely mechanical systems and keeping alive and active the real principle of the project.